ALCALA, CAGAYAN | Misamis Oriental | September 19, 2022 – Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Northern Mindanao trained 23 mango contractors and growers on the acquisition and sale of nitrates for agriculture use last September 15, 2022, at Brgy. Tubigan Covered Court, Initao, Misamis Oriental.


The topics highlighted in the program were in reference to the purchase and sale of potassium nitrates and other nitrates for agricultural use.


Provincial Officer (PO) Romnick N. Boctot discussed the provision of nitrate fertilizers and emphasized the existing regulation on the importation, transport, storage, and use of nitrate under the jurisdiction of the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosive Office (PNP-FEO) as provided by Republic Act (RA) 9516.


Since nitrates can be used to manufacture explosives and explosive ingredients, a permit to purchase and acquire potassium nitrates and other nitrates is required from the Chief of the PNP-FEO, and only FPA-licensed persons/entities can apply for a permit to import and use nitrates for agricultural use.


In addition, PO Boctot explained that mango contractors and growers who desire to purchase and use nitrates for mango flower induction should conform to the instructions given during the FPA-accredited mango contractor’s training workshop.


Additionally, Leads Agricultural Products Corporation Mr. Arnold M. Balios and Henry G. Camaling Jr. discussed pesticides’ stewardship and responsible care, emphasizing the mode of action and disposal of empty pesticide packaging.


During the program, mango contractors and growers also created an association and elected a set of officers.


PO Romnick N. Boctot organized the event with assistance of Mr. Illuminado B. Balios Jr., the representative of Tropicuke Incorporated. The activity is under the supervision of Regional Officer (RO) Ma. Sonia C. Calleja. ###

Written by:  Romnick N. Boctot | Published: 27 September 2022

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